Did you watch last night's episode of Great British Bake Off (GBBO)? There was much talk about the Bakewell Tart they made, and I've learned so much about it! Apparently what they were making was more like a Cherry Bakewell, which has icing and a glazed Cherry on top of the jam and frangipane tart. A traditional Bakewell tart on the other hand should be garnished with flaked almonds instead of icing. It does make people wonder why the experienced judges didn't say anything about it?
Anyway, it was a good episode. I'm really looking forward to next week's episode - the Botanical week! I'd love to see what the contestants come up with, especially for the last challenge - a 3 tier floral cake!
To celebrate the return of this year's GBBO, me and the kids were invited to join in the annual baking craze with Vivid Group's Real Baking range. These include:
Great Baking Set
The kids wanted to dive straight into baking as soon as they saw the amazing kits! They are perfect especially for Abby, who has attended Cookery Club at school last year, and will be joining again this year. Even Clay loves baking, and had a go at making Gingerbread Man at school too. I just love seeing their proud little faces when they showed us their yummy creations!
We were also given Divine Chocolate's chocolate bars and recipes from Amy Beth Ellice (Britain's youngest published baker) to get us inspired!
We decided to start our GBBO with baking cookies, using Real Baking's Great Baking Set and Cookie Kit:
|Sucktion cup to keep the bowl in place|
16 cupcake cases in 2 styles
4 piping bags
3 measuring spoons
1 large bowl
1 small bowl
1 suction cup
1 egg cracker
1 silicone cupcakes tray
1 icing nozzle
1 instruction guide (in 3 languages)
We love the colourful and quality equipment, especially the suction cup which really helps the kids keeping the bowl in place (it's one of our main problem when it comes to stirring the batter!), and the egg cracker, which makes cracking eggs fun and less messy!
Actually I'm never keen in having the kids crack an egg, because of raw eggs getting all over themselves. Although I'll have to clean the egg cracker, I feel much safer for the kids to use it than cracking an egg barehanded. And this way, we get to keep most of the egg in the bottom compartment of the egg cracker, and the kids love doing it too!
The Real Baking Cookie Kit (RRP £14.99, suitable for 6 years+) is brilliant to start the kids with their own cookie cutter collection! I have to admit that it's one baking equipment I have a lot of. There is never enough because you can do so much with different designs! The kit comes with:
14 cookie cutters
Silicone baking sheet
rolling pin guide
You can use any cookie recipes with this kit. The instruction guide has instructions for making Stained Glass Cookies too, although we decided not to make these this time.
With 14 cookie cutters, the kids can go wild with their creations. We especially love the ice-cream and cupcake cutters! The rolling pin has a good weight to it to press the cookie dough out when rolling, but it's not too heavy that will make the kids struggle either.
The baking sheet fits perfectly in the rolling pin guide, so children can roll the dough out straight onto the sheet (do make sure you flour the sheet first). The thickness of the cookie dough made from using the rolling pin guide makes the cookies easy to cut out, so it's perfect for beginners. If you like your cookies slightly thinner like me, you can roll the dough further after removing the guide.
Here are the proofs of how much fun Abby and Clay had making cookies with the Real Baking Great Baking Set and Cookie Kit:
|From placing the egg inside the egg cracker to cracking the egg (see further above),|
Abby cracked the egg using the egg cracker all by herself, without making a mess!
|Abby sieving the flour and Clay adding the butter to the icing sugar|
|Time to roll!|
|Having so much fun!|
Note: You can put the silicone baking sheet from the Cookie Kit straight into the oven, but we needed more space so used our own baking sheet instead.
Once the cookies has cooled down (by then, all the jammy dodgers were gone!), the kids iced them with their favourite colours:
It's unfortunate to say that hubby didn't get to eat any of the iced cookies, because they disappeared as soon as I finished taking pictures of them! Cookies, or any food, after all, are yummiest when you made them yourself!
We had a great GBBO, and the kids both enjoyed using the Real Baking kits to make their yummy cookies. We can't wait for this weekend to get on with our next bake off!